Stroller Mamas Boot Camp

Motherhood. Fitness. Accountability. Results.

Lettuce Wrap Recipe

My husband and I LOVE this recipe. It is super easy to make and is very healthy. I use either Boston Lettuce or Iceberg because the leaves are easy to fill and fold over. You can also use the the filling as a salad topper.

Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice

1 lb ground turkey breast

1 tsp olive oil

1 Tbsp fresh ginger – minced

1 bell pepper – diced

1 small onion – diced

2 tsp asian 5 spice powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

1/4 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

1 cup shredded or diced carrots (topping)

1 cup fresh chopped mint or cilantro (topping)

Sriracha Chili Sauce (topping)

Boston or Iceberg Lettuce leaves

In a small sauce pan, combine 2 cups water and 1 cup brown rice. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down and simmer for 40 minutes. While the rice is cooking, prepare all the vegetables. Saute the bell pepper and onion in a medium size pan with the olive oil and then add the ground turkey. Cook the meat and vegetables until the turkey is cooked through. Add in the ginger, 5 spice, cinnamon, garlic, chicken stock and hoisin sauce. Cover and let sit on low heat until the rice is finished.

I usually just bring everything in separate bowls to the table (lettuce, rice, carrots and mint, turkey), and we plate up our own lettuce wraps. One note if you are using the Sriracha chili sauce (rooster sauce), it is really spicy and should be used sparingly. I hope you like this one. It is very fresh and healthy. Enjoy!

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Weight Loss and Attendance Challenge 2012

I am implementing a little contest for January through March for all the ladies in my boot camp. I know several of you have a competitive streak, so I thought we could use that to our advantage to help keep you all on track with your fitness and weight loss goals. :) There are two options for the competition. You may choose either the weight loss option OR the attendance option. I scaled the competition so that if you only have 5 lbs to lose, you can participate for the first month in the weight loss challenge and then switch over to the attendance competition for February and March. Keep in mind that there are 13 workouts per month in January, February and March.
Here are the details of the contest we discussed this morning.
Weight Loss Competition:
  • Each month there will be 1 winner who wins 1 free personal training session with me ($80 value)
  • You must attend a minimum of 8 workouts per month to be eligible for the prize
  • Weigh-ins will be done on Wednesday morning workouts
  • The winner(s) will be the first person to lose 5 lbs in January, 5 additional lbs in February (10 total lbs lost), and 5 additional lbs in March (15 total lbs lost)
  • The first weigh-in will be Wednesday, January 4th. If you are unable to make Wednesday’s workout, please let me know if you would still like to participate and we can arrange something to get your starting weight.
Attendance Competition:
  • Each month there will be 1 winner who wins 1 free personal training session with me ($80 value)
  • You must attend a minimum of 8 workouts per month to be eligible for the prize
  • The winner each month will be the person who attends the most workouts. In case of a tie, I will come up with some sort of tie breaker. :)
  • Email me if this is the competition you will be entering so I can get you on my spreadsheet.

Good Luck!!!!

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A letter to my mamas

As most of you know, I set a goal for myself to complete the Distance Challenge this year for the first time in my life. Running for me is often time to think about life and goals. As I was running my 10 mile race last weekend, I had a lot of time to think. Several times throughout my run I began thinking about our workout group and how grateful I am to be able to lead you all in your pursuit of healthy living. I hope I am helping you reach your goals as much as you are helping me reach mine. I am definitely more fit now than I have been in the past 6 years. I am stronger and running faster times in longer distance races than ever before. I credit a lot of that to ATX Stroller Mamas. By keeping you all challenged physically and excited about fitness, I am seeing great benefits in my own running training. Thank you all for consistently showing up to my workouts week after week!

I also wanted you all to know how impressed I am with all of you. You are truly a unique group of ladies who recognize that physical fitness is important, especially after you have children. I believe staying fit and taking a little bit of time for yourself makes us all better moms. This group is exactly what I had envisioned when I launched my Website last December and officially started classes in April. I am a much happier mama now that I am surrounded by all of you three days a week. To be honest, before this group, there were a lot of days when I just felt isolated and longing for a group of women who enjoyed working out as much as I do. It is nice to be able to combine my love for fitness with my responsibilities being a S.A.H.M. AND be able to see all your smiling (sometimes breathless) faces each week. I am loving what I am able to do and hope you are loving the group as well.

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Healthy and Easy Recipes

I have been wanting to get this post up for some time now. I am going to put several of my go-to week night meal recipes here for anyone who might be struggling with something healthy and easy to make for dinner. I would love to also post some of your favorites. So, please email me your recipes, and I will include them in a post for the other mamas.

Chicken Tortilla Soup (Slow Cooker)

2-3 Chicken Breasts diced to 1 inch cubes

2 -3 Teaspoons Cumin (to taste)

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic

1 Medium Onion – Diced

1 Large Tomato – Diced

1 Can Green Chiles

4 Cups Chicken Broth (I usually buy the Central Market Organic Free-Range Broth at HEB)

1 1/2 Cup Pinto Beans soaked overnight in water (or 15 oz can of beans, rinsed and drained)

1 1/2 Cup Kidney Beans soaked overnight in water (or 15 oz can of beans, rinsed and drained)

Toppings added when served: Chopped Cilantro,Crushed Tortilla Chips, Shredded Cheddar Cheesse

Directions:

Drain the beans from the water they soaked in overnight. Add the beans and all other ingredients (except toppings) into a large slow cooker for 8 hours. Stir the soup several times throughout the cooking process. This is a super easy and yummy soup. Enjoy!

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You Call It for the Rest of June!

In the past, I have offered specific days of the month as free sessions. For the rest of June, however, I am letting you decide the day you would like to come out and join the group for your one free session. This is the perfect opportunity for you to see for yourself what ATX Stroller Mamas Boot Camp is all about. You can also check out the new testimonials page to see what our Mamas are saying.

Also, now that school is out for the Summer, my workouts are tailored to allow school-age children to play or watch the workout. So, don’t rule your family out because you have older kids with you during the day. I hope to see you soon!

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First 5K Since Becoming a Mama

My husband ran the Capital 10K this past weekend and seeing him and the other 25,000 runners has inspired me once again to get back into racing. It has been a very long time since I participated in a race even though I really enjoy the atmosphere of running races and triathlons. I might not be the fastest runner, but I usually try to beat my own PR no matter how good or bad a shape I am in at the time. Most running races provide a great environment for families to watch and motivate all the participants. So, it will be fun to have my children out there cheering me on for the first time while I am running.
I hope some of you other mamas join me for the Schlotzsky’s 5K on May 1st at Auditorium Shores. From looking at the race Website, it seems to be ok to jog with your stroller or dog if you so desire. Happy Running!

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New Rates and Upcoming Free Dates

Recently, I have updated my pricing structure for all you mamas out there. I am now charging $50 per month, and I am offering a punch card payment option ($50 or 10 sessions) for pay-as-you-go members. So, if you have been hesitant to sign up because you don’t think you could make it to 3 sessions every week, there is now a solution that is perfect for you.

“April showers brings May flowers” well April also brings additional FREE DEMO CLASSES to ATX Stroller Mamas. Come out and join me for free workouts on April 6th, 15th and 25th at Balcones District Park located at the corner of Duval Rd and Amherst Dr. Please sign up for the free sessions by emailing me at atxstrollermamas@gmail.com.

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Spring Workouts

I love Spring! I always have an increase in energy and more motivation after the short, dreary days of winter have ended. My increase in motivation during this time of year has a lot to do with the desire to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures, the longer daylight hours and (quite honestly) the fast approaching swimsuit season. This time of year when the weather is as close to perfect as we get in Austin, sparks my “activity planner” creativity. We are no longer stuck inside finger-paining, playing board games or watching too much Mickey Mouse. We are able to go out and play with our dog in the backyard, enjoy the parks and workout without having to put on 5 layers of clothing.

Several of my goals as a mom is to instill in my children a love for God, a love for family, the importance of community, and what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. I want my children to love playing outdoors and love being active. My hope for them in this hyper-connected world is for my children to enjoy the simple pleasure of playing outside.  Whether they play a sport, tag or ride bikes, I want them to understand that disconnecting from mobile devices means more quality time with friends and family. I believe the most impactful way to influence their lives in this area is to be an active, healthy mom.

If you are like me and this time of year means increased activity, remember  these few pointers from Elizabeth Quinn:  start out slow, avoid all-out effort until you build a solid fitness base, increase your training slowly, follow a training program, train with others at your fitness level, and HAVE FUN. I would also add to this list to focus on flexibility training and consult a professional trainer if you are unsure what type of program you should be following.

Now, get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Reference: Spring Training Fitness Tips

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Inclement Weather Facility Now Available

I am very excited to announce that Milwood Baptist Church has agreed to allow us to use their indoor facilities on mornings that are cold or rainy. Now, there will no longer be a reason for us to cancel classes due to inclement weather!

I also still have spaces available for the FREE WEEK next month. If you haven’t signed up yet for the class on February 7th, 9th, and 11th, email me and let me know you would like to participate.

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Free Week in February

If you have heard about my workout group and haven’t come out to check us out yet, I am offering a free week of workouts in February. The free workouts will be held at 9:30 a.m. on February 7th, 9th, and 11th. Spaces are limited for this trial session, so please contact me to make your reservation.

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